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sandona.jpg The name Sanbona, a combination of the “San” people, who occupied the area 100 years ago and “bona” representing their vision have been combined to position this more than 54 000 hectare Little Karoo property. The sheer expanse of the open valleys, 6500 plant species, 150 bird species, rock faces, rock art and variety of wildlife make this a destination not to be missed. During the period August – October the spring flowers are colourful and varied.
One of the true joys of Sanbona is to do nothing at all in absolute luxury. But for those who choose to venture beyond the comfort of the Lodge, a world of new experiences awaits.

• From Cape Town to Cape Town
• Drive in: 3 days, 2 nights

At the foot of the Warmwaterberg, in the heart of the Little Karoo, between Montagu and Barrydale on the famous Route 62, is the Sanbona Wildlife Reserve, 54 000 hectares of undulating mountains and plains, indigenous fauna and flora, rock formations and rock art. Specialist guiding is a key element in providing a memorable and varied experience.

The name Sanbona is a combination of the "San" people who roamed this area for thousands of years and "bona" which represents their vision in order to position this portion of the Little Karoo.

The historic predator release means that for the first time in over 200 years, lion and cheetah can once again be seen in the Klein Karoo, making Sanbona the first private game reserve in the Western Cape to play host to free-roaming big cats. Tilney Manor has six luxuriously appointed rooms. Comfortable lounges with fireplaces for winter nights, private verandas, romantic freestanding baths and carefully sheltered outdoor showers are just a few of the pleasure s that guests can enjoy. More modern comforts include air-conditioning, satellite television, private bars and tea and coffee making facilities. The fully equipped Spa offers guests the opportunity to recover from the rigors of the outside world and restore their sense of inner harmony.

Drive-in option:

Day 1
Meet your driver and depart Cape Town in the direction of Paarl where we take the scenic Du Toits Kloof Pass. The first town we reach is Worcester set in the Breede River valley. We then commence the journey on what is known as Route 62. We then follow the signs to the picturesque town of Robertson, synonymous with fine wines, fruit, roses and top horse breeding. Once through Robertson, encountering farms stalls, wine farms and arts and craft shops along the way; the next town is Ashton. Travel on through the Montagu Pass and experience the most awe-inspiring rock formations. The historical town of Montagu, known for its hot springs is passed through. From here we proceed directly to Sanbona Wildlife Reserve. Enjoy the afternoon game drive, followed by sundowners and dinner.

Day 2
Enjoy the day at Sanbona on game drives or bush walks. All meals are included.
Traverse the landscape of Sanbona Wildlife Reserve with a qualified ranger in comfortable open landrovers. During the drive, be it in the early morning or for sundowners, various species of plants, animals, big game and birds can be seen. Sundowner evening drives offer spectacular displays of light as the evening sunsets over the Little Karoo. Returning to the Lodge, nocturnal animals can often be seen. With the guidance of your experienced ranger, early morning walking trails to greet the day have been developed to cater for individual needs. From gentle strolls, taking in the breathtaking beauty of the indigenous fauna and flora, to challenging trails discovering isolated vistas, reveal the beauty of Sanbona Wildlife Reserve. Animals you might see during your stay include Elephant, Buffalo, Black Rhino, Lion and a host of other antelope and wildlife.

Day 3
Following the morning game drive and breakfast, you will be met and transferred to Cape Town.

Sanbona Wildlife Reserve Information
Meals Full Board and 2 Game drives daily, Guided Bush Walks
Luxury Wilderness Reserve
Departure Dates
On request
Transport Luxury, air conditioned vehicle.
Price Includes All meals, Accommodation, 2 game drives daily, Walks, Tourism Levy and VAT, Transfers
Price Excludes Private bar, Laundry, Shop purchases, Spa treatments, Telephone calls
Minimum Number
Climate Sanbona is open all year round. In January and February temperatures can soar to 35-40° Celsius, so Oct-Dec (spring flowers) and March-April are preferable.
Best time to go All year round, Oct-Dec (spring flowers) and March-April
Health Requirements None. Sun block essential for most of the year. Malaria free.
Combines well with Cape Town
Other Ideas Easily added to any of our longer escorted or self-drive tours
Child Policy Children under the age of 12 years are accommodated by prior arrangement only.
Children under the age of 3 years to share with parents at no extra charge, but are not permitted to join the game drives.
Children aged 3 and less than 7 years old may share with their parents and will be charged 25% of the Normal rate, which includes meals, accommodation.
Children aged 7 and less than 12 years old, either sharing a room with their parents or in separate room, will be charged 50% of the Normal rate, which includes meals, accommodation and game drives.
Children from 12 years old will require a separate room at 100% of Normal rate.
A maximum of two (2) children may share (mattress/cot) with their parents.
Clothing Summer: lightweight clothing and swim wear, warm clothing for game drives. Comfortable walking shoes, sun hats, sun-glasses, sun screen. Cover yourself from the African sun.
Winter: Warm jackets, long trousers.
Things to remember Camera, binoculars.

Price Indication
Per person sharing Single supplement
Drive-in: (Cape Town to Cape Town) R10 850 R5 500
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Al, Philadelphia
Good to hear from you. We truly enjoyed it also--it was one of the most memorable and enlightening trips we've ever taken.

Thanks for the picture. After we were on our way and up in the air Teresa realized we had never taken a picture of you. That's a real oversight.

Yes, the statuettes arrived--we haven't unpacked them yet but they seem to be OK.

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